Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Colorado

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, C.R.S. 18-3-412.5

After someone is convicted of an unlawful sex offense in Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams or Douglas counties, Colorado like sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, enticement of a child, sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child, indecent exposure, incest, aggravated incest, Internet sexual exploitation of a child and Internet luring of a child, he or she is required to complete sex offender registration with law enforcement in the jurisdiction where he or she resides until the law allows them to discontinue sex offender registration.

How Often and What to Register?

Depending on the type of sex offense, the person must register either quarterly or annually and after each time he or she moves or changes information. The person must provide a list of all the names he or she has used (aliases), places he or she has used, names used on social networking or computer chat sites, and motor-vehicle information. There is an abundance of other miscellaneous information required as well, and plenty of room to unintentionally fall short of the law. Persons registering have five days to register or re-register if they move here from another state, are released from a jail or prison, move to another residence within Colorado or move to a different state. If they do not register timely, or if they provide inaccurate information, they will be charged with failure to register as a sex offender, C.R.S. 18-3-412.5.

Failure to Register Can Be a Felony or Misdemeanor

This serious crime can have serious consequences and be a new felony or misdemeanor sex offense. If the underlying offense a person was convicted of was a felony, the new failure to register as a sex offender charge can be a Class 6 or Class 5 felony. If the underlying sex offense was a misdemeanor, the new failure to register as a sex offender charge will be a misdemeanor. Police in Weld, Grand, Larimer, El Paso County and cities like Denver, Lakewood, Aurora, Northglenn, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Greeley and Fort Collins will arrest someone if they have evidence that the individual has failed to register as a sex offender.

Be Protected With Our Help

Failure to register as a sex offender, C.R.S. 18-3-412.5, is a serious charge that will greatly complicate and extend the treatment and supervision consequences of being convicted of a sex crime. Failure to register as a sex offender often requires additional jail or prison time. Our Colorado criminal attorneys are experienced in fighting charges resulting from failure to register as a sex offender. You need help in this unforgiving area of the law. So, if you are contacted by police, exercise your right to remain silent and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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